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How To Get The Police Report After a Wreck

In this video, attorney Theodore Spaulding explains what steps are needed to obtain the police report after a motor vehicle accident in Georgia. 


How to obtain the police report after a car accident? Hi, I’m, Ted Spaulding. I’m an Atlanta personal injury trial lawyer, I’m the founder here at Spaulding Injury Law. So, this is always the first step for us. When we take on a new case, we need to see the police report. So, we ask our clients, do you already have the police report? Oftentimes they do. If they don’t, how do you get it? Well, there’s several ways to get it, but there’s certainly easier ways to do it than others. One, if it’s a local police department or sheriff’s office very close to you, you can go down there and pick it up. Nowaday, it’s taking a good four to seven days for these to be ready. So, you would want to call in advance, make sure it’s ready, then go down there, pick it up. Oftentimes when you do it that way, it’s free. A lot of jurisdictions, you call their department and they’ll email it to you. It’s free if you do it that way as well. The most simplistic way, but it’s going to cost you $11 is to go to buycrashreport.com. That is an internet based-system, you can type in Georgia, type in all of the information they need, they need a police report number, you should have gotten that from the investigating officer on his or her card, date of the wreck, and your name. And it will pop up when it’s ready. If it doesn’t pop up, it means it’s not ready yet. Now, here’s the problem, that is even further delayed. So, when it’s ready at the police department or sheriff’s office, it may not go online for another three days. So, if you’re desperate and you need this very, very quickly it’s always better to call the department and see if they can email it to you, fax it to you, or do you need to come by and pick it up. Otherwise, use BuyCrash Report and you can pick it up for an $11 fee.

I hope this helps you get your police report. If have you any questions about this topic, shoot me an email, comment to this video. If you have a potential case that you would like to talk to me about, go to my website, spauldinginjurylaw.com. There’s contact form on there. Or give me a phone call, two phone numbers, 770-744-0890 or 470-695-9950. Thanks so much for watching this video.

Theodore Spaulding, attorney

For close to 15 years, Mr. Spaulding has helped victims of negligence across the state of Georgia resolve personal injury disputes, and he’s received a remarkable number of awards and honors from the legal community recognizing his commitment to clients and to the metro-Atlanta area.

As an undergraduate, Mr. Spaulding belonged to the Phi Beta Kappa honors fraternity at the University of Georgia, and he obtained his legal training at the Georgia State College of Law, where he clerked for the Honorable Judge Rowland Barnes of the Fulton County Superior Court. Mr. Spaulding has also worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Atlanta Enforcement Division. Since 2005, he has dedicated his career to helping the injured victims of negligence and their loved ones win justice in Georgia’s personal injury courts.